U.S. Defends Gulf Military Buildup, Says It's 'Not Spoiling For Fight'

U.S. Defends Gulf Military Buildup, Says It's 'Not Spoiling For Fight'

"I hope that Russian Federation takes advantage of those opportunities", he said.

Pompeo said in televised remarks at the meeting on Tuesday that he came to Russian Federation because President Donald Trump was "committed to improve this relationship" despite differences between the United States and Russian Federation on Syria, Iran, the crisis in Venezuela, and other matters.

"We are very anxious about a conflict, about the risk of a conflict ... of an escalation that is unintended", Britain's Jeremy Hunt told reporters in Brussels before talks with Pompeo.

Kim used the occasion to accuse the United States of acting in "bad faith" after his second summit with President Donald Trump ended in stalemate in Hanoi.

Lavrov recently met with his Chinese counterpart and Iran's Tasnim News reported that Lavrov discussed the recent meeting between Pompeo and European officials.

In a key point of contention, Pompeo has rebuffed demands from North Korea, which has the backing of Russian Federation and China, for an early lifting of sanctions before a final deal.

At least one, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said he feared that unintentional escalation from the USA and Iran could spark a conflict - an unusually bold statement that appeared to assign equal culpability to Washington and Tehran.

The report by U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller did not find Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow but did document widespread Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.

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Pompeo told reporters after his talks with Putin that the two sides had a "very productive" conversation on Syria and how to move the political process there forward and were able to "make some truly constructive process points" on Afghanistan.

Pompeo has led U.S. charges that Russian Federation is to blame for the continued rule of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a leftist firebrand whom Washington is seeking to oust.

Amid growing concerns of a conflict between the United States and Iran, U.S. officials have told their European allies that its military buildup in the Persian Gulf region is a "defensive" move in response to multiple threats coming out of Iran.

Iranian leaders announced last week that they would scale back their cooperation under the agreement, in essence forcing Europe to choose between defying Washington or kissing the nuclear deal goodbye.

Pompeo said Trump had made clear he wanted the to try to keep the Russian Federation relationship "on the high ground".

Hook made the remarks after The New York Times newspaper reported that the White House is reviewing military plans that could see the deployment of up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack us forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.

"It's clear that such insinuations are absolute fiction", he said after the talks with his United States counterpart. But Putin's aide Yuri Ushakov said they did not touch on Ukraine, where Russia's backing of separatist rebels have prompted USA sanctions.

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